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Auberge Du Pere Bise
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Talloires
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Superb again after all these years”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

I first stayed at this beautiful hotel for four days in 1968 with my father when it had three stars and the old man Bise himself was still cooking. Naturally, my father paid. I have never forgotten that stay nor its poulet de bresse a l'estragon. I returned in 1981 and found the experience a disappointment, so I did not return again until this August.

The hotel rooms are much improved and very comfortable if decorated in idiosyncratic fashion. The location beside the lake with its cool, fragrant lawns and glades remains superb and the more so for the excellent lakeside service which is rapid and discreet. Dinner was simply unforgettable. Wonderful amuse bouche and delicious foie gras. Again I had the poulet a l'estragon and it was as magnificent as I remember it 45 years ago. Finally the grand marnier souffle was superb. The wine list is outstanding and caters to all tastes. Following the reviews of some others, I had expected rather sniffy service and a reluctance to speak english. This was absolutely not the case and the staff were solicitous to a very high degree. The service was excellent.

Finally, the poulet a l'estragon is a dish for two but my wife does not like tarragon. I therefore ordered this dish just for myself and asked the staff to bag the second half for me to take away. They agreed without demur and I duly received the second half beautifully packaged in a box from their fridge to take with me when I left on the Sunday morning. I had this warmed up for dinner the following Monday. It was again magnificent.

On our three week holiday this summer, we ate in several Michelin one star rated restaurants. Pere Bise is hugely superior to all of these. It is astonishing that it has not got back at least its second star. It deserves it. However, the experience does not come cheaply.

Room Tip: MUst ask for a room with a view of lake Annecy
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Theoule sur Mer, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

Extremely comfortable hotel and bedrooms, well serviced with smiling and helpful reception. Quiet and clean. Lovely swimming and boating (rowing or pedalo)on the lake, très romantic, out of this mad world. Also try to do some paragliding! A fantastic, exciting experience running off the mountainside to hang over the lake in total silence. Bit frightened at first but a some adrelanin is good during such relaxing holidays. Can't wait to return.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Palo Alto, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

I stayed at the Pere Bise in July 2013 with a group who makes an annual trip to this property. After reading the TA reviews I had considerable trepidation on what to expect of the rooms and service. Overall I felt like the hotel was very good for what it is -- a 100 yr old inn on a gorgeous river near the French Alps. This isn't a new, modern hotel with 5* American amenities. If you go with the attitude of staying at an inn or nice B&B, you will be pleasantly surprised.

I was given room 25 in the new building, which is classified as a junior suite and had a reasonable amount of space. The bed was hard but comfortable and the couch equally comfortable despite being covered in a brash fabric. The bathroom has a single sink, separate (tiny) shower and WC. All reasonable and clean. Room servicing was efficient and kept everything in the room and public spaces clean.

We ate breakfast/lunch/dinner in the Pere Bise restaurant; though skipped out on the 5-7 course meals. The food was excellent but the service excruciatingly slow (even by Italian standards) and items routinely had to be requested multiple times. If you're spending a few nights here or in the town, I strongly recommend the pizzeria up the road and the boulangeries in the center of town.

Room Tip: Room 25 is large and has a small, private patio.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Great Neck, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

Mixed experience. Spent three nights here in June. Grounds are lovely, location superb--right on the lake, mountains behind. Less than 1 hour drive to Megeve and high Alps. City of Annecy a few minutes away. Staff extremely helpful. Dinner at the restaurant is haut-cuisine super with prices to match. (The Cottage restaurant next door is almost as good and much less $.) We had Room #23 which has a nice view of the lake, good A/C, a very comfortable bed, terrific lighting and a new modern bathroom. But it was TOO small, not worthy of Relais & Chateaux and hardly worth 320E/night. Maybe we made a bad choice and should have upgraded to main house junior suite.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

The food and service at the restaurant at Auberge du Pere Bise is exceptional. Mme Bise is unfailingly gracious and welcoming to all her guests. It's expensive but a special treat every time. The view overlooks beautiful Lake Annecy through a lovely tree filled garden. Very Tranquil. One fo the most beautiful places we have stayed. We stayed for two nights. The only disappointment was that smoking was permitted on the balconies, which does not protect it from intruding into your room. This was true for all hotels but one where we stayed.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

very dated room, shower very "temperamental" (water became too hot or cold suddenly), was supposed to have a surprise cake during the dinner to celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary but they forgot about it, wasn't given good local info on what to do / see around

  • Stayed May 2013
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2013 via mobile

Had only one night here while attending an event at the nearby Tufts European Center. This place was beautiful and full of charm. A fire was going in the lounge which looks out onto the lake. The champagne and assiette de frommage with that view and the fire in back was simply perfect. We had a room called Tournette 37, which was on the upper level and had a corner balcony with what I believe was the best view of the lake, just magnificent! I only wished that there was an expresso maker in the room so that I could enjoy a morning cup on the balcony.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Property: Auberge Du Pere Bise
Address: 303 route du Port | Lake of Annecy, 74290 Talloires, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Talloires
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Talloires
#4 Family Hotel in Talloires
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Auberge Du Pere Bise 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the shore of Annecy lake, in a large and quiet park, this exceptional location will give you an experience of Privilege, with the proximity of the skiing resorts of Aravis mountains in winter, or with the serenity of our private beach where you can swim in the purest lake of Europe in summertime. Gastronomy complete this to make Auberge du Pere Bise a unique place. ... more   less 
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